Any dogs at home will be required to meet any of our adoption dogs so please bring your owned dog or dogs with you at the time of meeting an adoption dog (cat and small animal interactions are NOT required).
ADOPTION CENTER HOURS:
BEFORE COMING TO ADOPT
Deciding to adopt a pet is an exciting time for many families. We would like to make this process as simple as possible.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you come in to find your new family member:
- You may have one unaltered pet, all other pets must be spayed or neutered
- You must be 18 years or older to adopt
- We ask that you discuss adopting with all adults in the home
We ask that you bring the following with you when you come to adopt:
- Family members under the age of five
- If you are seeking to adopt a dog and have a dog at home, bring your dog in for an interaction
- If planning to adopt a dog, please bring a leash and collar. Adoption dogs will not be permitted to leave in a choker or prong collar. We do have leashes and collars available for purchasing.
- If planning to adopt a cat or pocket pet, please bring a carrier. There are cardboard carriers available for purchase here if you prefer.
- A current form of a photo ID
Our Adoption Center works on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not place pets on hold. We reserve the right to place animals in the best fit home.
When you arrive at the shelter, please go to the doors to the right side of the building. There is also a sign that says adoption side. The doors will be locked at all times.
There are adoption applications in bins right next to the doors. Grab either a cat, dog, or pocket pet adoption form and fill it out completely front and back.
If you have already filled out the application online, you still must complete this step. However, all you will need to write on it is your first and last name, phone number, and “online app.”
This step is very important as it secures your spot in line. Your online application is not valid until you’ve completed this step.
A volunteer or staff member will be at the door collecting applications. If they do not see you at the door, simply ring the doorbell that is near the bottom of the door to your left. There is also an intercom button you can press that is at the right side of the door.
A volunteer or staff member will then collect your application and write a number on it that says what number you are in line to be helped.
You can wait outside our doors until it is your turn to come in or you may wait in your car if the weather isn’t nice. An adoption assistant will call you once they have looked over and approved your application to discuss what you are looking for in a pet. Once they are ready for you, they will tell you to come to the adoption doors and they will take you to meet the animals you are interested in adopting.
The time this process takes depends on how busy we are, but if you decide you are ready to adopt, you will go home with that animal the same day.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW
In order to prevent confusion among potential adopters, we have the following policies in place:
- We do not hand out applications until 11:30 a.m. You can choose to arrive earlier, but you MUST stay in line at our doors.
- Once you have turned in your application, you cannot leave the premises. You will lose your spot in line if you choose to leave and try to come back before we open.
ADOPTION PROCESS FOR CATS AT PETSMART OR PET SUPPLIES PLUS
If you are interested in adopting a cat that is at one of our offsite locations, please read the following information:
We have a separate adoption application for offsite cats. It is located at the top of this page in the yellow icon or click HERE. You MUST fill this application out to be considered for the cat you are interested in. Filling this application out puts you “in line” for the cat.
Our adoption assistants will go through offsite applications to approve them and they will call the approved ones in order of which they received them to see if you are still interested.
You will only be called if your application has been approved and are next in line for the cat.
Offsite adoptions can only take place during our shelter’s adoption hours because we have to have adoption staff to facilitate the rest of the adoption process.
DOG & CAT ADOPTION FEES
$125 Puppies under 6 months old
$100 Small Dogs (Under 25 pounds) 6 months - 8 years
$100 Large Dogs (25+ pounds) 6 months - 5 years
$50 Senior Small Dogs (Under 25 pounds) 9+ years old
$25 Senior Large Dogs (25+ pounds) 6+ years old
$10 Minimum donation for cats & kittens
POCKET PET ADOPTION FEES
$25 Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Rat, Cockatiel
$15 Hamster, Gerbil, Mouse, Parakeet
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR ADOPTION FEE
The adoption of your pet includes the following ($300 Value):
- First distemper combination vaccine
- Heartworm test (dogs only)
- First month of flea preventative during flea season
- A starter bag of food
- Donated exam from participating veterinarians
- $50 Training Certificate (Dogs only)
- Spay/Neuter surgery (Dogs, cats, rabbits)
Please note the adoption fee does not include the pet registration for those residing within city limits.Click HERE to learn more about pet registrations.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
$5 Flat Collars
$10 Martingale Collars
$5 Cardboard carrier for cats or pocket pets
A WORD ABOUT THE HEALTH OF ADOPTION PETS
The City of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Department cannot guarantee that the pets available for adoption have not been exposed to an illness prior to coming to our department or prior to vaccinations taking effect. Although we are not aware of any serious health condition applicable to any pet, local veterinary clinics donate a free heath examination and can explain conditions common to stray animals, owner neglected animals, and animals housed in a kennel. These conditions may include internal parasites, external parasites, and upper respiratory infections.
Animal Care and Control cannot reimburse medical expenses. An applicant that chooses to keep and provide treatment for a pet does so at their own expense. We suggest you consult with your veterinarian before introducing your new pet to the pets you now own.